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Nine Year Olds

Below you will find a list of characteristics for typical nine year olds. Keep in mind that not all children develop at the same time and will progress through these stages at their own pace. However, if you have concerns about your child’s development, it is important to talk with your child’s doctor. 


Characteristics of a Typical Nine Year Old

Enjoys active games and sports                             Has ideas and interests different



Wants to excel in sports, hobbies,                        Does not like anything “different”

and games


Develops more of an interest in                             Wants to talk, act and dress like

clothes and appearance                                          friends


May be a perfectionist                                           Easily embarrassed and cares about

                                                                               peer pressure


Becomes interested in a hobby                              May be stressed by school or world

and then drops it for another                                events


Concerned about fairness                                      Tends to be critical of self


Develops own standards of right                            Enjoys hanging out with friends of

and wrong                                                               the same gender



Taken from:  http://www.childrenshealthnetwork.org/CRS/CRS/pa_devninyr_pep.htm


Learning Activities


Nine Year Olds

·        Provide opportunities for child to develop skills through team sports, working on arts and crafts, building projects

·        Allow child time to think and process information; Refrain from providing all of the answers

·        Provide opportunities for child to be independent and responsible; Praise child when he/she follows through

·        Provide opportunities for child to compete, but also help child see losing is part of competition

·        Provide opportunities for reading and writing

·        Encourage child to develop friendships


Takenfrom:  http://www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/fosterparents/training/cdevguid/cdg11.htm